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Colbert on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

by Ben Jervey

January 20, 2010
Colbert was clearly speaking to us last night. (Morgan already wrote about his interview with Emily Pilloton of Project H.) He took some time early in the show to talk about-as only Colbert can-a recent study published in Science that highlights the human impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. He interviews Margaret Palmer, one of the leads of the study, opening by asking her what the big deal is since "these mountains will grow back."He also tears into the Patriot Coal mining company, saying, "You know its patriotic coal because they're using their bombs bursting in air to turn our purple mountain majesties into amber waves of grain." See for yourself:
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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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